Saturday, April 30, 2011

Road trip!

 The kids and I will soon be leaving for Colorado for two weeks. (Joel's not coming since he wasn't able to request leave while he was at ALS.) I'm thinking the trip there will be an experience to remember, haha! There is only one flight change, so hopefully things will go well, but Annaleigh can be a little crazy and a lot loud. My theory on things like this, however, is that it's only one day (well 2 counting the trip home!), so no matter how bad it goes it can only be a few hours long and then it's over. I'm praying that I don't have to fly out on a tiny plane from Augusta. I have a bit of a fear of flying, and I panic a lot more on the little ones. It should be exciting!

Thursday, April 28, 2011


Annaleigh is officially out of her crib. We spent the evening dismantling it and rearranging her room, so there's no going back now. It's such a bittersweet thing. On one hand it's another step in the march out of babyhood, which is such a short sweet time. On the other hand, the older they get the more you get to know your child and see the person they are, nobody wants their kid to be stuck as a babyforever . ;) The funny thing about the whole switch is that she decided to do it on her own (we were planning on moving her this weekend). Last night she refused to sleep in her crib, and decided to sleep in the twin bed in her room. I'm optimistic that the switch will go smoothly. She never actually fell alseep for her nap today, but she was in her bed for two hours and only got up once, so I think that's a good sign. Lord willing, we'll have another baby in the house in the not to distant future, otherwise I think I would be a crying wreck right now.

Saturday, April 23, 2011


I am not the most organized person. Actually I'm rather unorganized, but this past year I've been trying to get better at making sure everything has a place. Every couple weeks I tackle a new project and slowly but surely things are getting neater and staying neater (the staying part is what makes me happiest). 

First up are the kitchen junk drawers. I have to do these every time I get in an organizing mood, because it's my go to spot for all the random things I don't know what to do with.

I got these little boxes from the dollar store (3 for $1) and I am optimistic that they might do the trick.They're pretty empty right now since I threw a ton of stuff away. They don't fit perfectly though, so they might end up driving me crazy. I guess time will tell.

I wish I could tell you I came up with this on my own, but I saw it in a BHG magazine. I have plenty of storage in the pantry, but things are always getting lost in there and it's usually a crazy mess. I love the shoe holder idea so much I'm going to use it in a hallway closet for all our craft stuff.

A couple months ago I bought a huge package of space saver bags to see if they would help with our escalating clothes crisis (I still have all Sam's and Allie's old clothes...I figure our last baby will be able to use one of the sets, but it's a lot). My only issue with the space saver bags is that some had slow leaks so eventually they aren't as airtight and compressed anymore.

Allie's bed is a pretty amazing storage system. It has Joel and my winter clothes (we have a tiny closet), maternity stuff, all Annaleigh's baby clothes, all the baby blankets/crib sets, and most of Sam's stuff. It's impressive what I managed to squeeze down there!

 I'm always up for tips, so if you have any tricks on keeping things tidy, let me know!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Puppy dog tails

The end of an era is over. Luigi is no longer.  I realized Wednesday that Sam hasn't signed his name as "Luigi" in a couple weeks. Mario is still Sam's invisible partner in crime, but for the most part that is the last bit that Sam has held on to. I know that it was cute, but I honestly can't say that I'm sad to see Luigi go.

I know that I am biased, but Sam is one of those little boys that is fun to be around. He's got everything that makes little boys so much fun, but he's pretty calm and able to sit still.  One thing that's pretty funny about Sam, is that he goes "to work" every day. He'll put his little soldier uniform on and run off to fight the bad guys in our backyard (with Mario).  Every once in a while he has a day off, but he's pretty dedicated to his job.

Sam's uniform from two Christmas' ago

I was certain that Sam would want a Mario Cart birthday, but he's settled on a puppy party instead. Sam and his puppies...he learned how to spell Rinderknecht in a week just so he could get a new one! He  used to pray and ask God to turn his pups into real dogs, but I think I convinced him that they are better off stuffed. ;) Besides his puppies, Sam also loves hats. He always wears one and he's really touchy about other kids messing with them. I've had to dry some pretty hysterical tears when his hat got thrown in the mud once.

And finally, just because I think it's so cute-Augusta's home town hockey team made it to the finals in the playoffs. The Riverhawks lost, but I thought it would be a cool picture to have the other team with the trophy in the back. It wasn't till we were driving home that we realized how upset Sam was that they had lost, so looking back at the pictures I made him pose for is kind of funny. I just thought he was really tired when I took them, but he was just depressed.

So that's it! That's our family!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Bath time

I think kids are meant to be dirty (and make things dirty), and not the haven't-washed-my-hair-in-three-weeks kind of dirty, but the good kind that comes from making mud pies and finger painting. In my opinion anything that can be cleaned up or washed out is fair game. (My only rule is that they don't do it in there church clothes.) Joel and I don't always see eye to eye on this one, since he figures if you don't mess it up, you don't have to clean it up. I get that, I really do, and I know a lot of parents feel this way-I've had a friend gasp in horror and tell Sam to stop when he rolled down the hill because he was getting grass all over himself. To me though, there's something sweet about throwing a filthy little kid in the tub and having them come out pink and squeaky clean. For me, that means my house is far from there are mud prints all over the floor and my windows are never clean, but that's just the way I like it.

Some of today's messy fun:

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sugar and Spice

There's a sweet little girl in my life, and she's the apple of her daddy's eye. Annaleigh Danielle (poor thing, 29 letters in her name-mama and daddy had no compassion) aka Allie and Lou (Joel and Sam's favorite). What a girl she is! The other day I put her in a big poofy dress, and she immediately started twirling. Today she started crying and yelling "please" because she wanted me to paint her toes. She loves bubbles, balloons, and puppies, and most of all her little doll named Baby.
Annaleigh is not yet 2, but she's already mastering getting what she wants.  When I'm using my 'moms not happy' voice, she uses her sweetest smile, and when I tell her "no" she smiles and points to her nose even though knows what I'm saying. Don't even get me started on her bedtime stalling techniques!
Another interesting trait of hers is that she's not really fond of other children-especially those she doesn't know. She does ok with the kids she sees every week at church, but if a new kid comes up to her in the playground she gets upset and screams at them. Unless you are a baby, she definitely has a space bubble!

So that's a little bit about the smallest blessing in my life.

Here's Baby. It reminds me of the little doll on Toy Story 3. It gets washed all the time, but it's always a mess since it gets dragged everywhere.

Allie, Baby, and her little painted toes.

This dress makes me wish I was a little girl again. :)

And finally a little poem I love:
"Little girls are innocence playing in the mud, beauty standing on its head, and motherhood dragging a doll by the foot..She is loudest when you are thinking, the prettiest when she has provoked you, the busiest at bedtime, the quietest when you want to show her off and the most flirtatious when she absolutely must not get the best of you again."
~Alan Beck

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Sam will be five next month, so that means kindergarten this fall! It took some time to make a decision on what to do, but I think we came to the perfect solution. Private Christian school would be my first choice, but it's pricey and I just can't fathom spending several thousand dollars on kindergarten. So that option was out. I'm not thrilled about public schools either, especially the one that's in our district. Homeschooling is fine, but I'm not always organized and it can be easy to fall behind.
The perfect solution (at least in theory, since we haven't actually experienced it yet):


Sam will be doing all his school work at home (with me as the teacher) but he will technically be in public school. I have to log everything he does each day which will keep me on track. A nice bonus is that they provide all materials, including his computer! My only question is, how did my little guy grow up so quick??

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sweet Treats

Just thought I'd share one of Sam and Allie's favorite treats with you! It's very simple and healthy. I don't have actual measurments, but you can't mess it up. I won't lie and say that it's better than ice cream, but it's actually a really good substitute.

All you need is
-1 banana
-frozen strawberries (I like Target's 4 pound bag-only $7!)
-milk (more of less depending on how thick you want it)
-I'll also add blueberry frozen yogurt sometimes, makes it extra special!

<I'm using the Magic Bullet, which is actually really nice for this kind of thing>

Nummy! As Allie would say :)


Wow! It turns out life is really really busy with Joel home! Definitely a good busy, but busy nonetheless. I’ve been debating whether or not to keep this blog, but I’ve decided that I will, and that my Christian life (and everything that goes along with it) will be the main focus.

My testimony:

I’ve been in church as long as I can remember. When I was about six, I asked Jesus to be my savior. I understood fully what sin was,  that I was a sinner, and that Jesus died on the cross for me.  When I reached junior high, I became confused about what being a Christian meant. I thought that because I was constantly making the same sins  God would write me off. I would spend nights begging Him over and over to forgive me.  By high school God was no longer a priority. I was definitely a  Sunday Christian (you know-the kind that only thinks about God or opens their Bible on Sunday). My senior year was a turning point for me since I had to start thinking about the future and who and what I wanted to be. I re-dedicated my life to Christ and got baptized. I think I still struggled with understanding who God truly was. I still pictured Him as some sort of cosmic police, just waiting for me to cross the line so He could bring down the hammer. It wasn’t until Sam was born that I understood again what I knew as a child-God loves me, He really truly loves me. As much as I loved the little baby in my arms, God loves me infinitely more. All the peace and joy the Bible talks about has become part of my life. As for my life today, I am trying to become more like Christ each day. I want to be the wife Joel needs, the mother my children need, and the person God wants me to be. It’s not always an easy task, but I can’t think of a more important one.
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